Blog #1: Use of Aromatherapy

Blog Post #1

Hello everybody! My name is Danielle Bard and I am a senior nursing student here at Pace University. I am currently working with Dr. Greenberg in the continuation of her aromatherapy project for the Undergraduate Research Program. We will be investigating the effectiveness in using lavender oil to decrease anxiety and stress as well as improve sleep in freshman university 101 students.

Study Title:  Use of aromatherapy in Pleasantville freshman students to decrease test anxiety.


  • Pleasantville campus freshman university 101 students.
  • Must be over the age of 18.
  • Must be able to read and understand English.
  • No cognitive impairments or psychiatric impairments, including but not limited to severe depression or severe anxiety.
  • No lung conditions such as asthma, allergies to fragrances, rhinitis, or an upper respiratory tract infection.
  • No allergies to essential oils.
  • Must not be pregnant.

For this randomized study, the participants will be assigned to a control or intervention group and asked to inhale the oil three times a week. The oil will be contained in a small inhaler, which takes approximately 5 seconds to administer to self. Before and after the completion of the study, the participants will need to complete The Westside test anxiety scale, the Pittsburgh sleep inventory, and the Spielberger STAI.

I am incredibly excited to be apart of this research, as a health profession, I believe holistic interventions such as aromatherapy have an unlimited amount of potential in the medical field and aiding people in various ways. I look forward to seeing the students benefit from this experiment. I was a freshman at one point and vividly remember the anxiety and stress of moving to another state to a school where I knew nobody and had absolutely no idea how college even worked.

So far this semester Dr. Greenberg and I have met on multiple occasions to discuss how we plan to move forward with this research. I have the meetings briefly described below to demonstrate our process.

September 14, 2016: Today’s objective was to research and decide on a control essential – oil. Our requirements include an oil that has a mild scent and no effects on the central nervous system. After much research done, we narrowed down the options to Eucalyptus globulus or Eucalyptus radiate. Currently pending a shipment of a sample size for each to make our final decision.

September 21, 2016: Today’s objective was to review the consent forms and discuss our next steps in implementing the trial. Will follow up at the library and set up an area there to be available for students to come with questions, concerns, paperwork, ect. Still pending the samples.

September 22, 2016: Today was the meeting with all the undergraduate research program faculty and staff members. We introduced ourselves and all briefly discussed our projects we will be conducting. During this meeting we were all educated on the resources Pace’s library and website have for us to complete our research effectively. Pending IRB revision form to be approved.

October 5, 2016: Today we decided on using Eucalyptus Radiata as our control oil! Will be sending out emails to the entire freshman class at Pleasantville campus encouraging them to participate. The deadline for participants to send their consent form in is October 17. In the meanwhile, we will be putting the inhalers together and reminding students to participate.

October 14, 2016: Subject sign up ends on 10/17 so we hope to have a complete sample by this upcoming Tuesday. At that point, I will randomly assign the subjects to control/intervention groups as well as email the individuals instructions on completing out initial surveys on Qualtrics. Submitted abstract to ENRS which will be used to represent Pace LSN in the category of undergraduate research at the April 2017 Scientific sessions.



Author: Danielle

Senior BSN Student. VALOR Student Nurse technician at James Peter's VA Medical Center, Bronx.

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